In recent years, the word diva' has been bandied about with little regard for its original meaning which, according to Webster, is a prima donna in grand opera. Every new young starlet who happens to have a decent vocal range is considered a diva' and the assignation has been applied more for temperament than talent. As the British might say, you only have to throw a wobbler' (as in, go off, get in a rage, be nasty, etc.) to be termed a diva' by music industry insiders and media alike.
What, you might ask, does this have to do with Àngela Winbush? Well, it's pretty simple: if we apply the dictionary definition of the word to the extraordinary Ms. Winbush, we can rightfully say that she is indeed a diva of the highest order. Forget about temperament, attitude or manner: Àngela's consummate vocal skills place her head and shoulders above most of those who have been tagged diva' in the last five, nay, ten years. You have any doubt? Just listen to the soulful music on this sumptuous first-time ever collection of her work dating from her early '80s duets with René Moore through to her late '80s and '90s solo recordings.